LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester officials are hosting a public forum Wednesday night on the town's potential participation in Worcester's Regional Dispatch Center.
The regionalization effort would move Leicester's police, fire and emergency medical services dispatching to the future Worcester's Regional Dispatch Center and would potentially close the police station to the public.
Wednesday's informational forum will include a presentation on the project and a question-and-answer session.
In September, David Clemens, director of Worcester Emergency Communications, estimated the effort would save the town $249,000, in addition to providing more dispatchers to handle a higher call volume.
While Leicester Fire Chief Robert Wilson and Police Chief Jim Hurley have outlined potential benefits to their departments, the effort also has drawn criticism from residents, whose concerns range from how to handle prisoner lock-up to whether Leicester emergency calls would get lost in the shuffle of city dispatching.
The public forum will be at 6:30 p.m.at Leicester Town Hall.